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This was one of the posters that had been commissioned by the United States government, in order to spread the word to its servicemen that interacting with prostitutes in an intimate manner could put one in harm’s way for acquiring a sexually transmitted disease (STD). Attached to a curbside mailbox, this poster stated, “PENICILLIN CURES GONORRHEA, THE GREAT CRIPPLER AND STERILIZER, IN 4 HOURS; SEE YOUR DOCTOR TODAY; HE NOW HAS PENICILLIN FOR YOUR TREATMENT; THE DRUG IS FURNISHED FREE THROUGH APRIL 30th BY YOUR STATE AND CITY BOARDS OF HEALTH". Posters like this one, were a tried and true method for the dissemination of information, not only with regards to STDs, but vaccinations, recommended hygiene practices, and the avoidance of foodborne illnesses, as well.
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Creation Date: 1944
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